Through actively promoting volunteerism and funding home building projects led by Habitat for Humanity, Nissan is committed to making housing affordable in the communities where our employees and customers live.
Home is the Key 2017
During the month of April, Nissan will partner with Habitat for Humanity for the ‘Home is the Key’ campaign, an initiative that helps people become more self-reliant through homeownership. As a proud partner for the last 12 years, Nissan will make a $1 contribution for every #HomeIsTheKey social post, up to $250,000.
Throughout the month, Nissan will share social media content with the hashtag #HomeIsTheKey to support the campaign. This will lead up to a Facebook Live event on April 27, when Heisman athletes and a former Mexican National Team soccer player come together to host a youth clinic at Georgia Tech. The Heisman players will then join the Nissan-sponsored Habitat build on April 28.
Check out the NissanUSA and Nissan Español Facebook pages on April 27 to watch via Facebook live.
Two employees that are exemplifying Nissan's commitment to Habitat are Joseph Flowers and Donnie Thomas.
Joseph Flowers: 13 Might Just Be His Lucky Number
When Joseph Flowers, a lifelong resident of Terry, Mississippi, a small town southwest of Jackson, works on a Habitat for Humanity house, he is all in. Whether it's putting up drywall, hanging doors or installing faucets, he does whatever it takes to get a future Habitat homeowner into their new home.
"I get so much enjoyment out of helping others, especially helping to build homes with others," he said. "It's a good feeling to volunteer. You're making a difference in a family's life." he said.
A body assembly technician at Nissan's Canton, Mississippi, plant for the past 13 years, Flowers' enthusiasm on the 13 Habitat for Humanity projects he has worked on has not gone unnoticed.
"There's a happiness and joy that radiates from him, because he's genuinely happy to do something for someone else," said Merrill McKewen, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area.
Donnie Thomas: Knowing the Importance of a Place to Call Home
Donnie Thomas has worked at Nissan's Smyrna, Tennessee, facility for more than three decades and after working on eight Habitat homes he understands that every hammer swung, every nail driven in makes a difference in someone's life. "Every child deserves to have a nice, clean place to live. I think every family deserves that, every child should have that," Donnie said.
Working Alongside President Carter
Through their long time commitment to Habitat, Donnie and Joseph have each had the honor of meeting the group's most famous volunteers: Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, who have supported Habitat since 1984.
Flowers met the former president and first lady during his first-ever trip out of the country in 2012 at a Habitat build in Haiti. Thomas worked with the Carters during their annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which built 19 homes in Memphis this year – and he was quite impressed. "It was really an experience. For a 91-year-old couple, they are go, go, go," he said. "You have to admire anyone who has that kind of passion for other people."
Nissan: 12 Years of Supporting Habitat for Humanity
Nissan shares its employees' passion for doing good and Habitat for Humanity's belief that every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. The company's partnership with Habitat started in 2005 when Nissan donated 50 trucks and mobilized its employees to help people along the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated large areas across the South. Eleven years, $14 million and more than 85,000 volunteer hours later, Nissan employees are still going strong in their effort to fight homelessness in the U.S.